The Empress Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race)
4 last out winning fillies line up here, Time Scale was impressive last time but Kadupul and Concessions look the most attractive of those runners.
Visually most improvement is expected from the William Haggas trained runner who warrants serious respect.
Undertake backed up her debut success with a fourth placed finish in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, she weakened out of things late on after attempting to make all and should go close in these calmer waters.
The River Lark Handicap Stakes
Just the 4 runners but this still looks a tight little puzzle to solve. Lexington Dash was a winner here 6 days ago and looks on the upgrade. His jockey claims a handy 5lbs which should see him go close once again.
The Roger Varian trained Ascension looked in need of his return to action this season recently. Slowly away that day before racing keen enough he did well to finish third that day.
That looked a stronger race than this and the drop down to 6f looks the right move.
The Burwell Handicap Stakes
William Haggas runs 2 here and neither would be a surprise winner. Of the pair, Desert Icon looks like he could have more to come with the cheek pieced added today. Wait Forever ran well her over 2 furlongs shorter recently sharing as though this step up in trip would suit.
With just the 5 runners though this has the potential of being a tactically run affair and a chance is taken on Elwazir bouncing back from a below-par effort last time out.
Dane O`Neil rides Newmarket well and the top weight here has a touch of class about him and could just be able to dictate matters
The Fred Archer Stakes (Listed Race)
Alignak looked a horse going places when getting up near the finish to win a handicap at Newcastle recently.
The Sir Michael Stoute trained runner takes a big step up in grade today but the extra 2 furlongs should suit and he looks just the progressive type his trainer excels with.
The John Gosden trained, Frankie Dettori ridden First in Line heads up the dangers,
Selection: Alignak NAP
The Carnarvon Stakes (Listed Race)
A tight looking listed sprint event for the 3-year olds in all 6 of the runners look to hold some sort of claims. Top-rated Dark Lady makes her seasonal reappearance on the back of having a wind opp during the winter.
Trainer Richard Hannon has a good record in the race and dropping down in grade she looks to be a worthy favourite. Istanbul and Repartee are others to note but the one I’m siding with is the Charlie Hills trained Fleeting Prince. The stable won this race last season and this No Nay Never Colt looks to have been prepared with this race in mind after a promising effort on his first start.
That was a solid effort in a Group 3 contest on the a/w suggesting he has trained on well. He is also proven under today’s conditions being a previous course and distance winner last summer.
Selection: Fleeting Prince
The Midsummer Stakes (Listed Race)
Plenty here are making quick reappearances on the back of efforts at Royal Ascot recently and it will be interesting to see who comes out best from the quick turnaround. Pogo posted a solid effort in the Hunt Cup but has fallen short at this level previously.
Cardsharp was put in a disappointing display in the same race and looks to have plenty to prove now. Accidental Agent drops down significantly in grade from his 5th placed finish in the Group 1 Queen Anne, he wasn`t beaten far that day and faces nothing of that level today.
Slight preference however is for Stormy Antarctic, The Ed Walker trained 7-year-old has not had much racing in the last couple of seasons but put in a good effort finishing 4th in a Group 3 contest recently. Top rated in the field and a reproduction of that effort should see him go close.
Selection: Stormy Antarctic
The Thames Handicap Stakes
Surf Dancer went in too many notebooks first time up this season when being badly hampered in the closing stages of a similar race to this at Sandown last time out. He looks progressive and the William Haggas trained, Tom Marquand ridden runner has to be respected.
Top weight Festive Star is a little harder to asses after a Listed success in Italy on her final start last season. Blinkers go on for the first time today which is an interesting move following that effort. The Sir Michael Stoute trained Jean Baptiste has to be respected for his high-profile connections and should be suited by this step up to a mile.
The selection however is the unbeaten Dance Fever. A winner of his 3 starts to date the Clive Cox trained colt looked one to follow this season. He has previously won here at Windsor and the step up to a mile today should suit on pedigree.
Selection: Dance Fever NB
Wetherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes (Group 2)
This looks a match up between Make A Challenge and Speak In Colours with marginal preference for the Denis Hogan trained runner.
He made a successful reappearance in a listed event at Naas just over a week ago and this previous course and distance winner is expected to just have the edge on the Joseph O`Brien trained runner who comes here on the back a respectable run at Royal Ascot in the Group 1 Jubilee stakes.
Selection: Make A Challenge
Alwasmiyah Pretty Polly Stakes
This looks an excellent opportunity for Magical to confirm her trainers believe for her to stay in training this season.
A multiple Group 1 winner she looks to hold a significant edge on known form. The Jessica Harrington trained Cayenne Pepper could be the one to follow her home receiving a handy weight allowance.
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